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Engineering Firm Dismissed from UCF Stadium Suit

Courtney Cameron

Universal Engineering Sciences Inc. and the company’s vice president have been dismissed from a lawsuit seeking damages for alleged design flaws at the University of Central Florida football stadium by an Orange County Circuit judge, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Litigation continues against 360 Architecture — FL Inc., Harris Civil Engineering and seating supplier Dant Clayton Corporation, as the university attempts to win funding for the necessary repairs to the structure, which could cost upwards of $14 million.

The suit, brought by UCF in September, claims that the 10-year-old stadium shows dangerous signs of premature aging. An engineering report contracted by the school identifies more than 1,600 corrosive areas, allegedly caused by poorly coated steel.

A representative from Dant Clayton Corporation has countered that the structure failures are the result of the university’s failure to perform the proper routine maintenance.

UCF undertook reparations to the most immediate concerns prior to the first home game of the 2017 season, and is looking ahead in an attempt to find a long-term solution.

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